The term “bar” is derived from the specialized counter on which drinks are served.  Simply stated, a bar is a business establishment that serves alcoholic drinks to patrons who are either sitting (or standing) at the bar. There isn’t a man or woman I know that doesn’t love the action and camaraderie of a bar. In Boca Raton there are four “watering holes” that I recommend for food and drink.

If you are in the mood for Italian, you must go to Trattoria Romana’s newly constructed bar at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road (561/393-6715). What a great, and much need addition, to this top-notch restaurant. The bar is small and very intimate, with a TV screen to watch as you devour Chef Arturo’s delicious food. Try a cocktail or sample the restaurant’s wines.

Craving Chinese? Collect your money and go to Philippe Chow on Mizner Boulevard and Palmetto Park Road (561/393-4666). The Peking duck and lobster spring rolls on the bar menu are quite tasty, as is the crunchy duck salad. The shrimp toast (along with a variety of dumplings and wraps) round out a bar menu that will satisfy your adventure into the cuisine of the western world.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House on on the east side of Mizner Park (561/392-6746) is changing its bar menu around March 1. Instead of the bistro menu, the restaurant will offer lite bites from 5-7 p.m. It will feature lobster and sushi rolls, burgers, sliders and a variety of other reasonably priced and delicious foods. The bar is cozy and the drinks will not disappoint.

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Shops at Boca Center (561/392-6908) has a terrific bar menu. Featuring such items as three prime cheeseburgers, four petite filet sandwiches, and mini crab cakes for just $7 mandates you put this on your list of after-work hangouts. In addition the libations and the intimate bar, mark this spot as another stop for great bar food and drink.